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Building Language Skills from Birth

Starting from birth, those early months and years of a child's life are the most critical for speech and language development because the brain is best able to absorb language during this period.

Give the Phone a Rest

In today's technology-driven world, distractions and interruptions are constantly around us. Take the time to focus on being present with your child - both physically and emotionally.

Laundry Day with Grandma

Folding clothes may seem like a mundane task - but narrating laundry day to baby is actually a great brain-boosting opportunity (especially when you make it fun like this grandma)!

Newborn Conversations

It might feel a little awkward to talk with a tiny newborn who can't talk back. But these early conversations are more valuable than you may realize.

Raising a Reader

Instilling a love of reading in your child is one of the best gifts you can give them. The best part about reading aloud is that you don't need any special tools or a lot of money - it's just you, your child, and a book!

The Power of Singing and Music

Research shows that singing songs every day helps stimulate your child's brain development, supports rhythmic development, and helps form an intimate bond - starting from birth.

Brainy Birds & Counting

Did you know that babies' brains are wired for math? First 5 California's "Brainy Birds" are sharing an important message about early math skills -- including counting those little toes together right from the start.

"Brainy Birds"

Introducing First 5 California's Brainy Birds: Franco, Orson, and Melody! They're fun to watch - but more importantly, each of them flew in with an important story to share with families across California.

Brain-Building Basics

Science made simple! Remember these 5 steps to help build your child's brain.

Experiences Build Brain Architecture

Healthy development in the early years provides the building blocks for a successful future.

"From the Moment They're Born"

A baby's brain is developing at fantastic speeds. Parents can fuel this growth by talking, reading, and singing right from birth.

"Sac & Co" Series Celebrates Halloween and Holiday Reading Opportunities.

Happy Halloween from First 5 California! Jami Lopez (A.K.A. Pippi Longstocking) joins Sac & Co to explore the fun stories and books you can read with young kids to celebrate.

ABC-10 Morning News Interviews First 5 California Executive Director about Introducing Kids to the Kitchen.

Messes aside, your kitchen is truly an amazing laboratory for learning. Find out the scoop on this news segment with First 5 California's Executive Director Camille Maben!

ABC-10 Morning News Interviews First 5 California Executive Director about Singing.

First 5 California Executive Director visits ABC-10 Morning News to talk about the importance of singing with young kids and offers tips on making it an everyday experience.

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